Attorneys

O. Richard Wright, Jr.

North and South Carolina Local Lawyer - RIchard WrightBorn:
Horry County, South Carolina
Parents were Ottis Richard Wright, Sr. and Olive Battle Wright who lived at Vinegar Hill, near Tabor City, Columbus County, North Carolina

Bar Memberships:
North Carolina, 1971

Education:
University of North Carolina (A.B., 1967; J.D. 1971)

Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Recipient, Outstanding Legislator, North Carolina Bar Association, 1985
Member, North Carolina House of Representatives, 1975-1988

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Dennis T. Worley

North and South Carolina Local Lawyer - Dennis WorleyBorn:
Florence, South Carolina

Bar Memberships:
North Carolina, 1981

Education:
North Carolina State University (B.S., with high honors, 1978)
Campbell University (J.D., 1981)

Honors:
Delta Theta Phi
Omicron Delta Kappa
Member, Campbell Law Review, 1980-1981

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Harold Grady “Butch” Pope

North and South Carolina Local Lawyer - Butch PopeBorn:
Columbus County, North Carolina

Bar Memberships:
North Carolina, 1983

Education:
Wingate University (A.A., 1967)
Appalachian State University (B.S. Biology Education, 1970)
North Carolina Central University (J.D., 1983) 

Honors:
Elected Councilor for the N.C. State Bar serving Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties
Presently serving on the Ethics, Publications and Authorized Practice Committees of the N.C. State Bar
Law School Book Award: North Carolina Corporation Law and Practice

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Boyd T. Worley

Born:
Lumberton, NC

Bar Memberships:
North Carolina, 2009

Education:
Virginia Military Institute (B.A., with Honors, 2006)
Campbell University (J.D. 2009)

Background:
Commissioned with U.S. Marine Corps, 2007
Judge Advocate in U.S. Marine Corps

  • Served as Legal Assistance Attorney, MCRD Parris Island, SC, 2011- 2012
  • Served as Prosecutor for Legal Services Support Team-East, 2012, 2013
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Paul J. Ekster

North and South Carolina Local Lawyer - Paul EksterBorn:
Brooklyn, New York

Bar Memberships:
North Carolina, 1999
District of Columbia, 2000
South Carolina 2000

Education:
Tufts University (B.S., 1995)

Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., 1999)

Honors:
Member, Trial Court, 1997-1999
Member, Moot Court Board, 1998-1999
Member, Edward Stanley National Employment Moot Court Team

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Kenneth R. Moss

North and South Carolina Local Lawyer - Kenneth MossBorn:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Bar Memberships:
South Carolina

Education:
North Carolina State University (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1989)
University of South Carolina, School of Engineering (M.E., Electrical Engineering, 1997)
University of South Carolina, School of Law (J.D., 1997)

Honors:
Eta Kappa Nu Association, Phi Eta Sigma

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Michael T. Smith

North and South Carolina Local Lawyer - Mike Smith

Memberships and Court Admissions:
South Carolina Bar Association.
District of Columbia Bar Assoc.
Admitted, all State Courts within S.C. by S.C. Supreme Court.
Admitted, U.S. Federal District Court, District of South Carolina.
Admitted, U.S. Federal Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Richmond.
Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
Member County Bar Association.
ABA member.
ATLA member.

Practice Areas:
Business & Industry Law
Probate & Municipal Law
Government & Criminal Law

Trial Areas:
Criminal Law/ DUI
Criminal Domestic Violence
Drug charges
Felony charges
Misdemeanor charges

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Melanie C. Nicholson

melanieBorn:
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Bar Memberships:
South Carolina, 2005

Education:
Wofford College (1999 Bachelor’s Degree in History)
Loyola University School of Law (2004)

Honors:
Secretary, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International Pre-Law division
Member, Kappa Delta Sorority
Assistant Coach, First Presbyterian Church league high school basketball team

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Kelly A. Sansone-Galley

coming-soonBorn:
Bridgeport, CT

Bar Memberships:
South Carolina, 1996
U.S. District Court of South Carolina, 2005

Education:

Saint Bonaventure University (B.A., 1993)

New College, Oxford University, England (1992)

Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., 1996)



Honors:
Family Court Guardian ad Litem
Certified Family Court Mediator by the South Carolina Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution (July 24, 2007)
Contract attorney with the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in civil matters
Francis E. Kelley Oxford University Scholarship Recipient

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Napoleon B. Barefoot, Jr

n-barefootBorn:
Wilmington, North Carolina

Bar Memberships:
North Carolina 1983

Education:
Wake Forest University (B.S. Business, 1978)
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. 1982)
 
Employment:
Private Practice 1983
Assistant District Attorney (March 1984 through December 1990)
District Court Judge Thirteenth Judicial District (January 1991 through December 2012)
WWPEM, LLC., Attorney-of- Counsel (January 2013 through present)/ Arbitrator

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Preston B. Hilton

Born:
Charlotte NC
Grew up in Richmond VA
Moved back to Charlotte NC in 1998
Graduated HS moved to Wilmington in 2003
Moved back to Charlotte to attend Law School in 2009
Married college girlfriend after graduating Law school and taking Bar, moved back to Leland to work with WWPEM, Nov. 2013

Education:
UNC-Wilmington Undergrad BA in Criminal Justice
Deans List
Charlotte School of Law - JD
Deans List

 

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Rick S. Parrotte

coming soonBorn:
Washington, D.C.

Raised:
New Bern, NC

Bar Membership:
North Carolina (2009)
United States Eastern District of North Carolina (2012)
Brunswick County Bar Association (2010)

Education:
North Carolina State University (B.S. in Accounting, Cum Laude, 2006)
Charleston School of Law (JD, Cum Laude, 2009)

Honors:
Managing Editor of Federal Courts Law Review

 

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Christopher C. Russell

Born:
Chadbourn, NC

Bar Membership:
North Carolina 2014

Education:
Pfeiffer University (B.A History 2009)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. 2013)

Honors:
Dean’s List Four of Six Terms of Law School
Semi-Finalist Melissa Mitchell First-Year Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (finishing in top eight advocates out of over 100 competitors)
Law School Certificate of Merit Award: Family Law

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Tracie Brisson

Born:
Bladen County

Tracie was born and raised in Bladen County. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1995 with a degree in Journalism. Tracie went on to attend Campbell University School of Law, graduating in 1998. She is licensed in NC and SC and has focused her practice on the litigation of a wide variety of liability cases in North Carolina and South Carolina, with an emphasis on construction litigation, professional liability, personal injury, premises liability, and workers’ compensation cases. She has tried jury cases to verdict in both State and Federal Courts and also has extensive experience at all levels of workers’ compensation litigation.

Tracie lives in Wilmington and is married to Cortney, also a Bladen County native. They have 2 daughters, Marley and Dylan and are active in Pine Valley United Methodist Church. Tracie is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and community service is a part of her family life. As co-founder of Scarves in the Port City, Tracie helps collect and distribute scarves to the homeless during inclement weather. She is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina State Bar, New Hanover County Bar Association and Horry County Bar Association.

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